Rick -- Thanks, I came upon Cope's TWL limericks just a few days ago
while looking at the listserv archives. They're clever and good fun and
Eliot, actually having a sense of humor, might well have enjoyed them
himself. The essay writer is another case. He's studied TWL closely, he
claims, but still can't spell it right and tries a little too hard to
shoehorn more critical weight into the limericks than they'll bear. At
least he cops to his dislike of Eliot up front. Interesting name, too.
Appears he flew a little too close to Eliot's sun and suffered more than
a venerable sunburn! He should've aimed a little lewer, er, lower.
On 5/16/2019 8:02 AM, Rick Parker wrote:
> On Wendy Cope’s Wasteland Limericks (Essay)
> The Society
> May 15, 2019
> by Lew Icarus Bede
> [Wendy Cope's poem “Wasteland Limericks”] pokes fun at Eliot’s pontifical style; which she does elsewhere as well, as in Poem Composed in Santa Barbara, where she turns Eliot’s couplet from “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock,”
> “In the room the women come and go
> Talking of Michelangelo,”
> back upon Eliot himself,
> “The poets talk. They talk a lot.
> They talk of T. S. Eliot.”
> But the “Wasteland Limericks” take on more. ...